Special funeral for Nzima
Renowned photographer and recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga Sam Nzima‚ who died on Saturday, is to be given a special provincial official funeral in Mpumalanga‚ the Presidency announced yesterday.
The Presidency said the funeral‚ which would take place on May 26‚ had been declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “Mr Nzima will be remembered for the significant contribution he made through photojournalism during the Struggle against the vicious racist regime.
“Through his lens‚ he placed the brutality of the apartheid police in the international spotlight,” Ramaphosa said.
“Mr Nzima will further be remembered for his iconic photograph of a dying young Hector Pieterson which became a symbol of resistance against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in black schools.”
Ramaphosa ordered that the national flag be flown at half mast at every flag station in Mpumalanga on the day of the funeral.